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Dr. Stein offers PSA testing to help men understand their potential risks for prostate cancer, as well as aiding in identifying other types of prostate problems not related to cancer.
What is a PSA test?
The PSA test is a blood test that is used to measure the amount of Prostate-Specific-Antigen in your blood. PSA is produced by your prostate and although it's mostly found in semen, small amounts circulate in the blood. High levels of PSA in the blood can be an indicator of changes in the prostate that are associated with prostate cancer. Other prostate-related conditions such as inflamed prostate or an ejaculation the day before the blood determination can also cause PSA levels to rise.
Why is the PSA test performed?
The PSA test is usually performed to determine if you may have prostate cancer. It’s often performed as part of a regular health screening in men older than 40-50 years old or men who are at an increased risk for disease It may also be performed when a digital rectal exam of the prostate reveals changes in the gland that could indicate cancer. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers found in men and the PSA test may play a valuable role in early detection; however, it’s important for men to realize that an elevated PSA level in the blood does not mean prostate cancer is present. PSA levels can also become elevation for other conditions affecting the prostate including prostate enlargement, inflammation or ejaculation. PSA testing may also be ordered in men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer to decide when to begin treatment and also to measure the effects of treatment.
Can PSA test tell for certain if I have Prostate Cancer?
No, the PSA test can only determine if the levels of PSA in your blood are elevated. It cannot determine what is causing that elevation. To determine if you have prostate cancer you’ll need additional testing such as a biopsy or small tissue sampled which can be evaluated under a microscope, to be performed under local anesthesia.
We accept most PPO insurance plans, private insurance and Medicare. We participate in Cedar Sinai's Medical Group. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
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